from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, of one or two arboreous species, natives of tropical America, of the natural order Urticaceæ, and allied to the breadfruit.
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The bark and alburnum crack; and thus is effected naturally, what the art of man performs for the purpose of collecting the milky juices of the hevea, the castilloa, and the caoutchouc fig-tree.
Sometimes it is morphine or the narcotic principle, that characterises the vegetable milk, as in some papaverous plants; sometimes it is caoutchouc, as in the hevea and the castilloa; sometimes albumen and caseum, as in the cow-tree.